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San Juan Islands Kayak Inn to Inn Vacation

Today is my first day back to work after getting home from Seattle and I can't believe that two days ago I was kayaking in the San Juan Islands. We had a wonderful time kayaking - all of us. Your staff were awesome and the tour was great. We had beautiful weather as well. You made our trip a wonderful experience. Thank you!!!
Linda Gowans

Kayak Inn to Inn Summary

Does your ideal vacation include sea kayaking along rocky coastlines... paddling between small remote islands in search of sea birds, seals, porpoise, river otters, having the possibility to kayak with killer whales (orca whales) passing by in the distance and at the end of the day retreating to comfortable beds in the the most luxurious inns and dining at the most desired restaurants in the San Juan Islands? Let Crystal Seas take care of all the logistical details and provide you with all the activities and fun you will want on your next vacation!

Length: These tours range from 2-6 days in length.

Includes: We provide all accommodations, transportation, kayak gear, breakfast, picnic lunches, dinner* and a happy hour beverage of your choice after the days activity**.

You will need to bring personal clothing and toiletries, a willingness to learn and a sense of adventure.

*Our 4, 5 and 6 day tours allow one night for you to explore town on your own. This one dinner is not included in the cost of the trip.  

**We do not cover the cost of alcoholic beverages with dinner.

Accommodations: Our Inn to Inn Kayak Tours include staying at the Friday Harbor House or Tucker House on San Juan Island and the Outlook Inn or Turtleback Farm Inn on Orcas Island. Each inn will cater to the most discerning guest as we choose only the best rooms available at these relaxing inns. Enjoy breakfast at your inn made by your innkeepers with ingredients from local farms. If your expectations are high then this tour will exceed them!

No experience is necessary.

Please note that the vast majority of our trips follow the routes and itineraries listed on our website, but changes may occur for reasons of safety, weather, logistics and guide or administrative judgement.

Please note that the vast majority of our trips follow the routes and itineraries listed on our website, but changes may occur for reasons of safety, weather, logistics and guide or administrative judgement.

Recommended to bring:

    • Personal clothing & toiletries
    • Cash for tipping your guide
    • Comfortable footwear
    • Water bottle
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun block
    • Lip balm
    • Camera
    • Hat

Helpful Travel Info

If you are traveling by car it is best to leave your vehicle parked at the Washington State Ferry Terminal in Anacortes, Washington. It is best to arrive 45-60 minutes before your sailing to allow time for parking your car, getting to the ferry and purchasing your ticket.

Make sure to check your confirmation packet for meeting time and location.
 

  • Bald Eagles
  • Shorelines
  • Sea Stars
  • Seals
  • Dall's Porpoise
  • Lighthouses
  • Orca Whales
  • Beaches
  • Sunsets
  • Madronas
  • Blue Herons
  • Bull Kelp
  • Lavender Farm
  • Moran State Park

Gourmet Meals:

  • Fresh

    All meals are prepared fresh for you by your guides.

  • Local

    We support our local community and source many of our ingredients from farmers and providers right here in the San Juan Islands.

  • Organic

    Eco friendly, sustainable, and GMO/pesticide free. A way of life for many islanders.

  • Personalized

    Please inform us of your dietary preferences so we can prepare your custom meals. We can accommodate all eating preferences and allergies

*This is a small sampling of our many meals. Exact meals may vary based on dietary restrictions, allergies, food and beverage availability, trip duration and guide choices.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Will I fit in the kayak gear?

    Here’s a good way to get an idea if you will fit in the kayak. Most people of average body weight and height can fit into the kayak. All of our kayaks are doubles so there is more space that one might think. NOT SURE? PLEASE DO THIS: Take a measuring tape and measure the circumference of the widest part of your body (hips/stomach/chest).

    Our SPRAY SKIRTS fits up to 43 inches including clothing, around the largest part of the midriff. The spray skirt is what you will wear around your torso. It connects to the kayak cockpit to keep you dry. You can wear it above or below your chest. There is a string to synch it to your body. If you can comfortably fit into it, you should be good to wear the spray skirt.

    Our COCKPIT dimensions are 31" Long x 16" Wide x 14.5" Deep.

    The cockpit is the opening area to get into the kayak. You will need to be able to sit down past it to get onto the kayak seat. Remember that your body parts can move and the boat is fiberglass so if you have hips that are around these dimensions, you can typically still sit into the kayak. What we want is for you to be able to safely exit the kayak. *Please send us a message through our website or give us a call, if you question whether you or someone in your group might not fit.

  • Am I too tall?

    The kayaks are most comfortable for people who are 6’ 4” ft. and under. If you are above this height, you may not feel comfortable. We can put tall people in the front of the kayak to give them more leg room.
    *Please send us a message through our website or give us a call, if you question whether you or someone in your group might be too tall.

  • How long of a drive is San Juan Island from Seattle?

    We are about a 2 hour drive from Seattle to Anacortes and then a beautiful 1 hour 20 minute ferry ride to Friday Harbor. Arrive to the Anacortes ferry terminal about 30-45 minutes before scheduled departure time if you are walking on the ferry and 1.5 to 2 hours before scheduled departure time if you are bringing your car to San Juan Island. We have a shuttle from the ferry in Friday Harbor to Snug Harbor on Mitchell Bay where our tours depart from, for those who wish to leave their cars at the Anacortes ferry terminal. For ferry fees and schedules visit the Washington State Ferries website. You can also fly to the San Juan Islands from Seattle, click on Kenmore Air & San Juan Airlines

  • Do you take beginners?

    Yes. All of our tours are designed with the beginner in mind. On all of our tours we give a safety & kayak lesson. All of our tours are guided so you will have an instructor near you the whole time.

  • What happens if there is a single person or an odd numbered group?

    We use tandem (double) kayaks for all of our San Juan Island tours. If there is an odd number then one person will be in a kayak with a guide or someone from another odd number party.

  • Can you accommodate my food requirements on your multi-day tours?

    Yes. We will send you a questionnaire when you make your reservation and our guides will plan accordingly.

  • Will I see whales on my tour?

    Our kayak route offers one of the best opportunities in the world to see wild orca whales from a kayak because we paddle 1-2 days (depending on trip type) in a federally designated whale habitat. Since we can’t guarantee that they will show up on every kayak trip, we offer the option to increase the odds to over 90% by spending one afternoon aboard a whale watch cruise aboard the Odyssey. The resident J, K, and L pods of orcas have recently been put on the endangered species list so our goal is to respect them, abide by the guidelines and not to paddle aggressively into their path. We will give you a lesson at the beginning of the tour for appropriate kayaking behavior near wildlife.

  • What kinds of wildlife could we see?

    Some of the local flora and fauna are Bald Eagles, Cormorants, Black Oystercatchers, Pigeon Guillemots, Pacific Harbor Seals, Orcas (Killer Whales), Dall's Porpoise, Great Blue Herons, Ochre Sea Stars, Blood Stars, Pacific Madrones, Douglas-firs, Western Cedars, Bull Kelp forests and Eel Grass beds.

  • Are all meals and drinks included in the cost of the trip?

    We cover all meals on our 2 and 3 day trips, from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day. On our 4, 5 and 6 day trips we allow one night for our guests to explore Friday Harbor on thier own, this evening's dinner is not included in the cost of the trip. Our guides will give you some suggestions of places that are popular among the locals. We provide all our guests with refeshing, non alchohlic, beverages throughout the tour. If you have a favorite drink that you would like us to have on hand, please note your favorite drink in the questionairre you return to us. Our guides will also provide the group with a 'happy hour' beverage after the days activity. We provide Washington state wines or if you perfer beer, we can pick up a cold 6 pack of your favorite Washington variety.

San Juan Islands Kayak Inn to Inn Schedule:

2-Day/1-Night - $780 per person

Day 1 & 2 in Prime Orca Whale Territory

Day 1 Circumnavigate Henry Island
Your guides will meet you at our shop in Friday Harbor located at 40 Spring Street, just steps from the ferry terminal.  We will take a short drive to our kayak docks located on Mitchell Bay. Here we will give you a kayak safety lesson and then paddle north to start our circumnavigation of Henry Island. We follow the outer rocky coastline of Henry Island which is orca whale territory. Along the way we will see a huge bald eagle's nest, harbor seals lounging on the rocks and cormorants nesting in cliff walls.  As we near the north side of Henry Island, we will stop on Posey Island for a delicious picnic lunch made with local ingredients by your guides. As we turn south, we will paddle through Mosquito Pass; a sheltered waterway for kayakers.  This leads us past Roche Harbor and Garrison Bay; eventually moving on into Mitchell Bay.  Late this afternoon we will check you into your relaxing room before we head out to dinner at one of the top restaurants on San Juan Island.

Day 2 Kayak the west side of San Juan Island or Whale Watch Cruise
Wake up and enjoy breakfast made with creative local ingredients by the chef at your inn.  Today we will either shuttle you to the beautiful western side of San Juan Island for a day of sea kayaking or you may choose to go on a whale watch wildlife cruise aboard the Odyssey.

The day of kayaking takes you on a journey down the western side of San Juan island.  Here we'll keep a lookout for marine mammals surfacing above the water.  This amazing evergreen coastline is also a salmon migration route making it prime area for seeing orca whales. About halfway through the trip, we'll stop for lunch along a pebble stone beach where you can search for creatures in the tide pools, look for sea glass among the pebbles or simply soak in the scenery. After a picnic lunch we will head back out on the water in search of orcas and eagles.

If you choose the whale watch boat, you will spend the afternoon cruising the San Juan Islands aboard a comfortable classic motor yacht. This tour is 3-4 hours and the goal is to see as much wildlife as possible.  You may see orca whales, gray whales, minke whales, humpback whales, seals, sea lions, and a variety of other marine species while a Certified Marine Naturalist narrates information along the way. Lunch will be served picnic style on the boat.

At the end of today's experience, we will drop you off at the ferry to say our goodbyes until next time.

Whale Watching Wildlife Cruise Option Included! During each of these tours we give you the option to substitute a kayaking day for a whale watch wildlife cruise aboard the Odyssey. Here, as you are cruising the San Juan Islands, you can sit back and relax in comfort while the personable onboard naturalists share their depth of knowledge on the local whales and wildlife..

Every Saturday-Sunday from April through October

Please note that the vast majority of our trips follow the routes and itineraries listed on our website, but changes may occur for reasons of safety, weather, logistics and guide or administrative judgement.
360.378.4223

3-Day/2-Night - $1280 per person

Itinerary - 3 Day Kayak Inn Tour (Friday-Sunday):

Days 2 & 3 in Prime Orca Whale Territory

Day 1 Kayak the east side of San Juan Island
Your guides will greet you at our kayak shop in Friday Harbor and then shuttle you to Jackson's Beach located on the east side of San Juan Island. Here we will give you a kayak safety lesson and then begin paddling the calm and sheltered shoreline of Griffin Bay.  We kayak past driftwood covered beaches and rocky coasts in search of seals, bald eagles, and other marine species.  Enjoy views of neighboring Lopez Island, Mount Baker, the Cascade Mountains, Fourth of July Beach, and Jakle's Lagoon.  We take a break for a delicious picnic lunch prepared by your guides on Turn Island as we navigate around it. This afternoon you can retreat to your room at one of the top inns on San Juan Island.  This evening we will dine at a restaurant well known in our community for incredible local ingredients and a fantastic dining experience.

Day 2 Circumnavigate Henry Island
After a delicious island inspired breakfast, we will shuttle your group to our kayak docks located on the west side of San Juan Island. Here we depart from Snug Harbor heading northwest as we begin to circumnavigate Henry Island. Along the way we will see a huge bald eagle's nest, harbor seals lounging on the rocks and cormorants nesting in the high cliffs. This is also a salmon migration route making it a great place to potentially spot orca whales. This afternoon we will take a break for lunch on Posey Island or one of the other remote beaches. We paddle back through Mosquito Pass; a sheltered waterway for kayakers, and then into Mitchell Bay.  This evening you can take a hot bath in your room and then get ready for a dinner made with ingredients from the Pacific Northwest.

Day 3 Kayak the west side of San Juan Island or Whale Watch Cruise
This morning you can enjoy breakfast and then get ready for a great day on the water.  We will either shuttle you to the beautiful western side of San Juan Island for a day of sea kayaking or you may choose to go on a whale watch wildlife cruise aboard the Odyssey.

Our kayak route leads us south down the western side of San Juan Island.  This is also part of the salmon migration route so be on the lookout for orca whales.  About halfway through the trip, we stop for a picnic lunch prepared by your guide along a beach where you can search for creatures in the tide pools, look for sea glass among the pebbles or simply soak in the scenery. After lunch we will head back out on the water in search of orcas and eagles.

The whale watch and wildlife cruise is aboard the Odyssey; a comfortable classic motor yacht. This tour is 3-4 hours and the goal is to see as much wildlife as possible. The route varies from day to day depending on what is in the area but you have the possibility of seeing orca whales, gray whales, minke whales, humpback whales, seals, sea lions, and a variety of other marine species. Lunch will be served on the boat by your guide during the cruise.

This afternoon when you get off the water, our guides will take you to the ferry terminal to say goodbyes until your next trip!



Itinerary - 3 Day Kayak Inn Tour (Saturday-Monday):

Days 1 & 2 in Prime Orca Whale Territory

Day 1 Circumnavigate Henry Island
Your guides will greet you at our kayak shop in Friday Harbor and then we will shuttle your group to our kayak docks located on the west side of San Juan Island. Here we depart from Snug Harbor heading northwest as we begin to circumnavigate Henry Island. Along the way we will see a huge bald eagle's nest, harbor seals lounging on the rocks and cormorants nesting in the high cliffs. This is also a salmon migration route making it a great place to potentially spot orca whales. This afternoon we will take a break for lunch on Posey Island or one of the other remote beaches. We paddle back through Mosquito Pass; a sheltered waterway for kayakers, and then into Mitchell Bay.  This evening you can take a hot bath in your room and then get ready for a dinner made with ingredients from the Pacific Northwest.

Day 2 Kayak the west side of San Juan Island or Whale Watch Cruise
This morning you can enjoy breakfast and then get ready for a great day on the water.  We will either shuttle you to the beautiful western side of San Juan Island for a day of sea kayaking or you may choose to go on a whale watch wildlife cruise aboard the Odyssey.

Our kayak route leads us south down the western side of San Juan Island.  This is also part of the salmon migration route so be on the lookout for orca whales.  About halfway through the trip, we stop for a picnic lunch prepared by your guide along a beach where you can search for creatures in the tide pools, look for sea glass among the pebbles or simply soak in the scenery. After lunch we will head back out on the water in search of orcas and eagles.

The whale watch and wildlife cruise is aboard the Odyssey; a comfortable classic motor yacht. This tour is 3-4 hours and the goal is to see as much wildlife as possible. The route varies from day to day depending on what is in the area but you have the possibility of seeing orca whales, gray whales, minke whales, humpback whales, seals, sea lions, and a variety of other marine species. Lunch will be served on the boat by your guide during the cruise.

This afternoon when you get off the water, our guides will take you to the ferry terminal to say goodbyes until your next trip!

Day 3 Kayak the east side of San Juan Island
After a delicious island inspired breakfast, your guides will shuttle you to Jackson's Beach located on the east side of San Juan Island. Here we will give you a kayak safety lesson and then begin paddling the calm and sheltered shoreline of Griffin Bay.  We kayak past driftwood covered beaches and rocky coasts in search of seals, bald eagles, and other marine species.  Enjoy views of neighboring Lopez Island, Mount Baker, the Cascade Mountains, Fourth of July Beach, and Jakle's Lagoon.  We take a break for a delicious picnic lunch prepared by your guides on Turn Island as we navigate around it. This afternoon you can retreat to your room at one of the top inns on San Juan Island.  This evening we will dine at a restaurant well known in our community for incredible local ingredients and a fantastic dining experience.

Whale Watching Wildlife Cruise Option Included! During each of these tours we give you the option to substitute a kayaking day for a whale watch wildlife cruise aboard the Odyssey. Here, as you are cruising the San Juan Islands, you can sit back and relax in comfort while the personable onboard naturalists share their depth of knowledge on the local whales and wildlife..

Every Friday-Sunday and Saturday-Monday from April-October

Please note that the vast majority of our trips follow the routes and itineraries listed on our website, but changes may occur for reasons of safety, weather, logistics and guide or administrative judgement.
360.378.4223

4-Day/3-Night - $1780 per person

Itinerary - 4 Day Kayak Inn Tour (Monday - Thursday):

Days 1 & 2 in Prime Orca Whale Territory

Day 1 Circumnavigate Henry Island
Your guides will meet you at our shop in Friday Harbor located at 40 Spring Street, just steps from the ferry terminal.  We will take a short drive to our kayak docks located on Mitchell Bay. Here we will give you a kayak safety lesson and then paddle north to start our circumnavigation of Henry Island. We follow the outer rocky coastline of Henry Island which is orca whale territory. Along the way we will see a huge bald eagle's nest, harbor seals lounging on the rocks and cormorants nesting in cliff walls.  As we near the north side of Henry Island, we will pass Battleship Island; a State bird sanctuary.  We stop on Posey Island for a delicious picnic lunch made with local ingredients by your guides. As we turn south, we will paddle through Mosquito Pass; a sheltered waterway for kayakers.  This leads us past Roche Harbor and Garrison Bay; eventually moving on into Mitchell Bay.  Late this afternoon we will check you into your relaxing room at one of San Juan Island's highest rated inns before we head out to dinner at one of the best restaurants on San Juan Island.

Day 2 Kayak the west side of San Juan Island or Whale Watch Cruise
Breakfast will be well worth getting up for -made with fresh and homemade ingredients by your innkeepers.  We will either shuttle you to the beautiful western side of San Juan Island for a day of sea kayaking or you may choose to go on a whale watch wildlife cruise aboard the Odyssey.

The day of kayaking takes you on a journey down the western side of San Juan island.  Here we'll keep a lookout for marine mammals surfacing above the water.  This amazing evergreen coastline is also a salmon migration route making it prime area for seeing orca whales. About halfway through the trip, we'll stop for lunch along a pebble stone beach where you can search for creatures in the tide pools, look for sea glass among the pebbles or simply soak in the scenery. After a picnic lunch we will head back out on the water in search of orcas and eagles.

If you choose the whale watch boat, you will spend the afternoon cruising the San Juan Islands aboard a comfortable classic motor yacht. This tour is 3-4 hours and the goal is to see as much wildlife as possible.  You may see orca whales, gray whales, minke whales, humpback whales, seals, sea lions, and a variety of other marine species while a Certified Marine Naturalist narrates information along the way. Lunch will be served picnic style on the boat.

*Dinner is not included tonight giving you the opportunity to explore on your own.

Day 3 Kayak the north shore of Orcas Island
After breakfast, we hop onto the ferry to Orcas Island.  Once on Orcas Island, we will shuttle you to North Beach and paddle along the northern shoreline of Orcas. If the weather is right, we can paddle north to the Sucia Islands; a state marine park known for its emerald waters and sandstone formations. Otherwise, we will kayak to Point Doughty Natural Area Preserve; a 57 acre preserve.  Along the way, you might see bald eagles perched in old Douglas fir trees or a great blue heron wading in a shallow bay searching for its lunch.  Afterwards, we will take you to your comfortable room at one of Orcas Island's top inns. This evening we will enjoy dinner with a view at one of the best restaurants on Orcas Island.
 

Day 4 Kayak the Wasp Islands off of Orcas Island
After a delicious breakfast we will shuttle everyone to Deer Harbor on Orcas Island.  The kayak route today is simply breathtaking. It winds along a group of very small islands and islets called the Wasp Islands. Today is spent leisurely weaving in and out of these islands looking for harbor porpoise, seals and eagles. Your guide will make you a picnic lunch on Little McConnell Island and then your group will paddle over to Yellow Island; an island owned by the Nature Conservancy, where you can enjoy a short walk. After we return to Orcas Island, your guide will shuttle you to the ferry where you can say your goodbyes until your next trip. 



Itinerary - 4 Day Kayak Inn Tour (Tuesday - Friday):

Day 1 in Prime Orca Whale Territory

Day 1  Kayak the west side of San Juan Island or Whale Watch Cruise
Your guides will meet you at our shop in Friday Harbor located at 40 Spring Street, just steps from the ferry terminal and then get ready for a great day on the water.  We will either shuttle you to the beautiful western side of San Juan Island for a day of sea kayaking or you may choose to go on a whale watch wildlife cruise aboard the Odyssey.

Our kayak route leads us south down the western side of San Juan Island.  This is also part of the salmon migration route so be on the lookout for orca whales.  About halfway through the trip, we stop for a picnic lunch prepared by your guide along a beach where you can search for creatures in the tide pools, look for sea glass among the pebbles or simply soak in the scenery. After lunch we will head back out on the water in search of orcas and eagles.

The whale watch and wildlife cruise is aboard the Odyssey; a comfortable classic motor yacht. This tour is 3-4 hours and the goal is to see as much wildlife as possible. The route varies from day to day depending on what is in the area but you have the possibility of seeing orca whales, gray whales, minke whales, humpback whales, seals, sea lions, and a variety of other marine species. Lunch will be served on the boat by your guide during the cruise.

*Dinner is not included tonight giving you the opportunity to explore on your own.

Day 2  Kayak the north shore of Orcas Island
After a delicous breakfast made with local ingrediants, we will take the ferry to Orcas Island and then head to our kayak launching point at North Beach.   Today we will start paddling along the northern shoreline of Orcas Island. If the weather is right, we can head north to kayak Sucia Island; a state marine park known for its emerald waters and sandstone formations. Otherwise, we will kayak Orcas Island to Point Doughty Natural Area Preserve; a 57 acre preserve.  Along the way, you might see bald eagles perched in old Douglas fir trees or a great blue heron wading in a shallow bay searching for its lunch.  Afterwards, we will check you into your comfortable room at one of Orcas Island's top inns. This evening we will enjoy dinner with a view at one of the best restaurants on Orcas Island.
 

Day 3  Kayak the Wasp Islands off of Orcas Island
Wake up and enjoy the view from your room with a cup of hot coffee before breakfast and then we will shuttle everyone to Deer Harbor on Orcas Island.  This kayak route is simply breathtaking. It winds along a group of very small islands called the Wasp Islands. Today is spent leisurely kayaking the Wasp Islands in search of seals and eagles. Enjoy lunch on Little McConnell Island and then head over to an island owned by the Nature Conservancy, Yellow Island, for a short walk. This is harbor porpoise territory so stay on the lookout for marine mammals! Your guides will make you an amazing picnic lunch along the way.

Day 4  Kayak Lopez Island's coastline
For the last day of your kayak tour, we will take the ferry to scenic Lopez Island. On our kayak trip today, we will explore the calm shores of Lopez Island. Keep an eye out for an array of marine mammals and plentiful water fowl such as the tufted puffin at Iceberg Point.  You can enjoy expansive views of the Olympic Penninsula and Cattle Point as we paddle past a large bald eagle's nest.  You may even get lucky like one of our previous tours did and experience a rare octopus sighting near MacKay Harbor. After today’s paddle we will drop you off in time to catch your plane or ferry where we say goodbye until we see you on your next island adventure!

Whale Watching Wildlife Cruise Option Included! During each of these tours we give you the option to substitute a kayaking day for a whale watch wildlife cruise aboard the Odyssey. Here, as you are cruising the San Juan Islands, you can sit back and relax in comfort while the personable onboard naturalists share their depth of knowledge on the local whales and wildlife..

Every Monday-Thursday and Tuesday-Friday.  From April-October

Please note that the vast majority of our trips follow the routes and itineraries listed on our website, but changes may occur for reasons of safety, weather, logistics and guide or administrative judgement.
360.378.4223

5-Day/4-Night - $2180 per person

Day 1 & 2 in Prime Orca Whale Territory

Day 1 Circumnavigate Henry Island
Your guides will meet you at our shop in Friday Harbor located at 40 Spring Street, just steps from the ferry terminal.  We will take a short drive to our kayak docks located on Mitchell Bay. Here we will give you a kayak safety lesson and then paddle north to start our circumnavigation of Henry Island. We follow the outer rocky coastline of Henry Island which is orca whale territory. Along the way we will see a huge bald eagle's nest, harbor seals lounging on the rocks and cormorants nesting in cliff walls.  As we near the north side of Henry Island, we will stop on Posey Island for a delicious picnic lunch made with local ingredients by your guides. As we turn south, we will paddle through Mosquito Pass; a sheltered waterway for kayakers.  This leads us past Roche Harbor and Garrison Bay; eventually moving on into Mitchell Bay.  Late this afternoon we will check you into your relaxing room before we head out to dinner at one of the top restaurants on San Juan Island.

Day 2 Kayak the west side of San Juan Island or Whale Watch Cruise
Wake up to a breakfast made with creative local ingredients by the chef at your inn.  Today we will either shuttle you to the beautiful western side of San Juan Island for a day of sea kayaking or you may choose to go on a whale watch wildlife cruise aboard the Odyssey.

The day of kayaking takes you on a journey down the western side of San Juan island.  Here we'll keep a lookout for marine mammals surfacing above the water.  This amazing evergreen coastline is also a salmon migration route making it prime area for seeing orca whales. About halfway through the trip, we'll stop for lunch along a pebble stone beach where you can search for creatures in the tide pools, look for sea glass among the pebbles or simply soak in the scenery. After a picnic lunch we will head back out on the water in search of orcas and eagles.

If you choose the whale watch boat, you will spend the afternoon cruising the San Juan Islands aboard a comfortable classic motor yacht. This tour is 3-4 hours and the goal is to see as much wildlife as possible.  You may see orca whales, gray whales, minke whales, humpback whales, seals, sea lions, and a variety of other marine species while a Certified Marine Naturalist narrates information along the way. Lunch will be served picnic style on the boat.

*Dinner is not included tonight giving you the opportunity to explore on your own.

Day 3 Kayak the north shore of Orcas Island
This morning you can enjoy breakfast and then we will hop onto the ferry to Orcas Island.  Once on Orcas Island, we will shuttle you to North Beach and paddle along the northern shoreline of Orcas. If the weather is right, we can paddle north to the Sucia Islands; a state marine park known for its emerald waters and sandstone formations. Otherwise, we will kayak to Point Doughty Natural Area Preserve; a 57 acre preserve.  Along the way, you might see bald eagles perched in old Douglas fir trees or a great blue heron wading in a shallow bay searching for its lunch.  Afterwards, we will take you to your comfortable room at one of Orcas Island's top inns. This evening we will enjoy dinner with a view at one of the best restaurants on Orcas Island.
 

Day 4 Kayak the Wasp Islands off of Orcas Island
After a delicious breakfast at the inn, we will shuttle to Deer Harbor.  The kayak route today is simply breathtaking. It winds along a group of very small islands and islets called the Wasp Islands. Today is spent leisurely weaving in and out of these islands looking for harbor porpoise, seals and eagles. Your guide will make you a picnic lunch on Little McConnell Island and then your group will paddle over to Yellow Island; an island owned by the Nature Conservancy, where you can take a short walk to stretch your legs.  

Day 5  Kayak Lopez Island coastline
For the last day of this kayak tour, we will take the ferry to scenic Lopez Island. On our kayak trip today, we will explore the calm shores of Lopez Island. Keep an eye out for an array of marine mammals and plentiful water fowl such as the tufted puffin at Iceberg Point.  You can enjoy expansive views of the Olympic Peninsula and Cattle Point as we paddle past a large bald eagle's nest. You may even get lucky like one of our previous tours did and experience a rare octopus sighting near MacKay Harbor. Your guide will prepare the final picnic lunch while as you comb the pebble stone beach. After today’s paddle, your guide will take you to the ferry where you can say your goodbyes until until we see you on your next island adventure!

Whale Watching Wildlife Cruise Option Included! During each of these tours we give you the option to substitute a kayaking day for a whale watch wildlife cruise aboard the Odyssey. Here, as you are cruising the San Juan Islands, you can sit back and relax in comfort while the personable onboard naturalists share their depth of knowledge on the local whales and wildlife..

Every Monday-Friday from April-October

Please note that the vast majority of our trips follow the routes and itineraries listed on our website, but changes may occur for reasons of safety, weather, logistics and guide or administrative judgement.
360.378.4223

6-Day/5-Night - $2580 per person

Day 2 & 3 in Prime Orca Whale Territory

Day 1 Kayak the east side of San Juan Island
Your guides will greet you at our kayak shop in Friday Harbor located at 40 Spring Street and then shuttle you to Jackson's Beach located on the east side of San Juan Island. Here we will give you a kayak safety lesson and then begin paddling the calm and sheltered shoreline of Griffin Bay.  We kayak past driftwood covered beaches and rocky coasts in search of seals, bald eagles, and other marine species.  Enjoy views of neighboring Lopez Island, Mount Baker, the Cascade Mountains, Fourth of July Beach, and Jakle's Lagoon.  We take a break for a delicious picnic lunch prepared by your guides on Turn Island as we navigate around it. This afternoon you can retreat to your room at one of the top inns on San Juan Island.  This evening we will dine at a restaurant well known in our community for incredible local ingredients and a fantastic dining experience.

Day 2  Circumnavigate Henry Island
Your guides will meet you at our shop in Friday Harbor located at 40 Spring Street, just steps from the ferry terminal.  We will take a short drive to our kayak docks located on Mitchell Bay. Here we will give you a kayak safety lesson and then paddle north to start our circumnavigation of Henry Island. We follow the outer rocky coastline of Henry Island which is orca whale territory. Along the way we will see a huge bald eagle's nest, harbor seals lounging on the rocks and cormorants nesting in cliff walls.  As we near the north side of Henry Island, we will stop on Posey Island for a delicious picnic lunch made with local ingredients by your guides. As we turn south, we will paddle through Mosquito Pass; a sheltered waterway for kayakers.  This leads us past Roche Harbor and Garrison Bay; eventually moving on into Mitchell Bay.  Late this afternoon we will check you into your relaxing room before we head out to dinner at one of the top restaurants on San Juan Island.

Day 3  Kayak the west side of San Juan Island or Whale Watch Cruise
Wake up to a breakfast made with creative local ingredients by the chef at your inn.  Today we will either shuttle you to the beautiful western side of San Juan Island for a day of sea kayaking or you may choose to go on a whale watch wildlife cruise aboard the Odyssey.

The day of kayaking takes you on a journey down the western side of San Juan island.  Here we'll keep a lookout for marine mammals surfacing above the water.  This amazing evergreen coastline is also a salmon migration route making it prime area for seeing orca whales. About halfway through the trip, we'll stop for lunch along a pebble stone beach where you can search for creatures in the tide pools, look for sea glass among the pebbles or simply soak in the scenery. After a picnic lunch we will head back out on the water in search of orcas and eagles.

If you choose the whale watch boat, you will spend the afternoon cruising the San Juan Islands aboard a comfortable classic motor yacht. This tour is 3-4 hours and the goal is to see as much wildlife as possible.  You may see orca whales, gray whales, minke whales, humpback whales, seals, sea lions, and a variety of other marine species while a Certified Marine Naturalist narrates information along the way. Lunch will be served picnic style on the boat.

*Dinner is not included tonight giving you the opportunity to explore on your own.

*Dinner is not included tonight giving you the opportunity to explore on your own.

Day 4  Kayak the north shore of Orcas Island
This morning you can enjoy breakfast and then we will hop onto the ferry to Orcas Island.  Once on Orcas Island, we will shuttle you to North Beach and paddle along the northern shoreline of Orcas. If the weather is right, we can paddle north to the Sucia Islands; a state marine park known for its emerald waters and sandstone formations. Otherwise, we will kayak to Point Doughty Natural Area Preserve; a 57 acre preserve.  Along the way, you might see bald eagles perched in old Douglas fir trees or a great blue heron wading in a shallow bay searching for its lunch.  Afterwards, we will take you to your comfortable room at one of Orcas Island's top inns. This evening we will enjoy dinner with a view at one of the best restaurants on Orcas Island.

Day 5  Kayak the Wasp Islands off of Orcas Island
After a delicious breakfast at the inn, we will shuttle to Deer Harbor.  The kayak route today is simply breathtaking. It winds along a group of very small islands and islets called the Wasp Islands. Today is spent leisurely weaving in and out of these islands looking for harbor porpoise, seals and eagles. Your guide will make you a picnic lunch on Little McConnell Island and then your group will paddle over to Yellow Island; an island owned by the Nature Conservancy, where you can take a short walk to stretch your legs.  

Day 6  Kayak Lopez Island coastline
For the last day of your kayak tour, we will take the ferry to scenic Lopez Island. On our kayak trip today, we will explore the calm shores of Lopez Island. Keep an eye out for an array of marine mammals and plentiful water fowl such as the tufted puffin at Iceberg Point.  You can enjoy expansive views of the Olympic Penninsula and Cattle Point as we paddle past a large bald eagle's nest.  You may even get lucky like one of our previous tours did and experience a rare octopus sighting near MacKay Harbor. After today’s paddle we will drop you off in time to catch your plane or ferry where we say goodbye until we see you on your next island adventure!

Whale Watching Wildlife Cruise Option Included! During each of these tours we give you the option to substitute a kayaking day for a whale watch wildlife cruise aboard the Odyssey. Here, as you are cruising the San Juan Islands, you can sit back and relax in comfort while the personable onboard naturalists share their depth of knowledge on the local whales and wildlife..

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Please note that the vast majority of our trips follow the routes and itineraries listed on our website, but changes may occur for reasons of safety, weather, logistics and guide or administrative judgement.
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Prices, times and tour location subject to change. Prices per person based on double occupancy in US$.

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